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College of Liberal Arts

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The concept of Medieval and Renaissance Studies is an integral part of the tradition of the University. The interdisciplinary major and minor are designed to appeal to students who desire to cultivate a broadly integrated understanding of Western civilization. Unlike the vertical orientations of departmental disciplines, which follow one field of study from its beginnings to the present, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program cuts horizontally across 15 subject areas, such as art, architecture, drama, music, literature and philosophy, which were closely related in the Middle Ages. The program presents a variety of ways to acquire perspectives concerning the nature and origins of the world in which we live.

The major in Medieval and Renaissance Studies requires a minimum of 33 hours of coursework: 30 hours to be selected from among 70 courses in the School of Languages and Cultures, the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, and the departments of English, History, Philosophy and Political Science; and six hours of interdisciplinary courses. The minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies requires a minimum of 15 hours of coursework, consisting of 12 hours of departmental courses and 3 hours of an interdisciplinary course.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First Semester Second Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) Individual and Society*
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or (3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)* (3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) United States Tradition*
(3) Other Languages*† (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)

Sophomore Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
(3) MARS 22000 (Introduction to Medieval Studies) (3) AD 35900 (Medieval European Art) or
AD 45100 (Italian Renaissance Art)
(3) PHIL 30200 (History of Medieval Philosophy) (3) Aesthetic Awareness*
(3) Natural Sciences* (3) Natural Sciences*
(3) Other Cultures* (3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity*
(3) Elective (3) Elective or minor
(15)   (15)  

Junior Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
(3) HIST 10300 (Introduction to the Medieval World) or HIST 40200 (Europe in the Reformation) or HIST 40300 (Europe in the Reformation) (3) Literature, Language and Culture requirement, Note A
(3) Gender Issues* (3) Literature, Language and Culture requirement, Note A
(3) Global Perspective* (3) Medieval/Renaissance Studies elective, Note A
(3) Literature, Language and Culture requirement, Note A (3) Social Ethics*
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective or minor
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  

Senior Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
(3) Medieval/Renaissance Studies elective,
Note A
(3) Medieval/Renaissance Studies elective, Note A
(3) Medieval/Renaissance Studies elective,
Note A
(3) Medieval/Renaissance Studies elective, Note A
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective or minor
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

A. Contact an advisor for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program about the list of available courses to meet this requirement.